Anderson...100, 200, 400, A-Series...whats the difference?

nikkidanOctober 24, 2011

We are considering Anderson casement windows for our new home. We know nothing about windows! Anderson as 4 different series of windows....100, 200, 400, and A-Series. Whats the difference? What makes one better than the other? Would be nice to find a list that compares the different series, but I can't find anything like that.

Are they built different? Made of different products? I don't want our builder to just go order casements in the sizes we need, and just get what is cheapest just to save a buck...I want to figure out what is best for us, but having a hard time figuring out how to do that.

Any info you can give me is greatly appreciated!

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millworkman

100 Series is a builders grade "fibrex unit" made to compete with vinyl. 200 series is the old Builders Select which was bare bones, limited sizes, limited options vinyl clad wood to compete with builders grade wood windows. 400 series is the base line units, vinyl clad wood in several colors and standard sizing and most options. A series is the premium line, more color options, custom sizes and other premium options. This is only a basic overview as I would have needed to write a book to encompass everything. That being said while the 400 and A series are solid products you can do much better in a wood or wood clad products without spending a ton of more money.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2011 at 11:43AM
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nikkidan

So A Series and 400 are the better quality and probably cost more than 100 or 400? Or am I mistaking your information?

If they cost more because of quality thats fine, but if they cost more because there are more custom options, then that isn't necessary.

Are you saying A series and 400 aren't worth it...(do much better)? What would be better?

Is vinyl better than wood or wood clad? Pretty sure we want white exterior, white or oak interior, prairie grille, casement, Low E4 glass, and split arm operators (for easier cleaning from inside). Anything else we should consider? And what series window might be best for us with the options we want or should have?

Sorry I'm "window stupid"...and BTW we are in Northern MN, gets pretty cold here.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2011 at 7:59PM
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millworkman

OK, 400 series was the base line they have had for years, they added the 200 series (Builders Select,they were made in white only, with a prefinished white interior in limited basic sizes and limited grid options. The 100 series was added to compete with the cheap new construction vinyl again very limited options. "A" series is the their semi custom architectural product with custom sizing, the different interior wood and finish options, more grid options, hardware options,etc. Prices wise they would be form most to least A Series, 400 Series, 200 Series and then 100 Series. I used to sell Andersen many moons ago so I may be a little off in my descriptions but should be pretty close. That being said again Andersen is a decent solid product, I do believe for approx the same amount of money as the 400 or A series you can get a better Wood or Wood Clad product.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 8:41AM
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nikkidan

Thank you....we are now looking also into Marvin Integrity Wood Ultrex. Getting estimates on those and Anderson 400. Wish us luck!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2011 at 2:53PM
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millworkman

Integrity by Marvin would be my preferred choice!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2011 at 3:18PM
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Windows on Washington Ltd

+1 on the Integrity.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2011 at 4:13PM
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